The Classic Terrarium Workshop

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The Classic Terrarium Workshop

May 23, 2017 by Ivanna Simone

Terrariums have been around for a long time grazing the pages of interior design magazines, selectively in local flower shops and nestled in the homes of our most envied neighbours. We’ve all stopped and thought - I can totally make one of those! Right? We all love the idea of creating a little cozy home for a few cute succulents and displaying it proudly in our living rooms, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty - not many of us bite the bullet and actually create the shopping list to get all the supplies, Google the perfect tutorial to guide us along and put in the time to put it all together. Well ... no more time needs to be wasted fretting about the terrarium you haven’t made yet. We’re here to help and guide you along at our Classic Terrarium workshop being held this Sunday May 28th, 2017! 

Read on to learn more about the fun history of Terrariums, details of the workshop, and how you can sign up and not miss your chance to become a succulent terrarium aficionado . . .

A History of the Terrarium

Today the terrarium is a modern and organic vessel that sits comfortably in a trendy and slightly hipster living room while thriving off of neglect. However, it hasn’t always been that way. Believe it or not, terrariums actually date back to the early 1800’s and probably earlier than that if you dig deep enough. The actual word ‘terrarium’ came into use during the late 1800’s. Terrarium being derived from replacing the prefix ‘aqua’ in aquarium with ‘terra’ meaning land.

The story of the terrarium is an interesting one, because it was both unintentional, yet had a massive impact on the commercial success of transporting plants across the world. It started with a general practioner and keen amateur botanist, Doctor Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868), of whom the original terrarium, Wardian Case, is named after. In 1829, while conducting research, Ward made the accidental discovery that led to the invention of the terrarium. 

Dr. Ward recites:

“I had buried the chrysalis of a Sphinx in some moist mould contained in a wide mouthed glass bottle, covered with a lid. In watching the bottle from day to day, I observed that the moisture which, during the heat of the day arose from the mould, condensed on the surface of the glass, and returned whence it come; thus keeping the earth always in the same degree of humidity. About a week prior to the final change of the insect, a seedling fern and a grass made their appearance on the surface of the mould.”

The Wardian Case was traditionally seen as a means to transport and grow exotic plants in however, with the change in gardening interests the popularity of these bulky displays faded into history. The terrarium was a smaller, more science based micro-garden. Today terrariums are modern décor pieces full of creativity and personalization. They have become a massive talking point and a major accent piece in modern interior design. Terrariums are wonderful living art pieces full of magic and life for homes that may not otherwise be able to have other plant species. 


Workshop Details

Join Ivanna from Van Simone Floral for a DIY Classic Terrarium Workshop, hosted by our dear friends at Good Life Juice! Ivanna will be teaching all the tips and tricks to creating your very own succulent terrarium garden and ensuring you have all the tools you need to help it thrive.

All materials for one basic terrarium will be provided including a glass vessel, soil, drainage soil, mini trowel, succulent plants and decorative accessories!

When: Sunday May 28th 9:00-11:00AM

Where: Hosted at Good Life Juice located at The Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford

Price: $120.00

Price includes: all materials for one basic terrarium including a glass vessel, drainage stones, soil, mini trowel, succulent plants, decorative accessories, and a whole lot of fun :) 

Once you register for the workshop each participants name will go into a draw to win your very own custom hand-painted German terra cotta pot and large tropical plant. Each attendee will also receive a 15% off coupon for a future VSF purchase and 1 personal portrait with their terrarium at the end of the workshop!


How to Register?

To Register: Call 250-585-1151, Email or pop by the @GoodLifeJuice store located in Nanaimo North Town Centre!

Spaces limited. Must Pre-Register.


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